In speaking of Himself, Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10). This was the will of the Father which Jesus depicted in the three parables of Luke 15. In all three parables, there is first the “seeking” by the man having one lost sheep, the woman having one lost coin, and the father having one dead and lost son. The intensity of the Father’s heart was perfectly revealed in His Son who “came to seek” the lost. What strikes me in this picture of lost humanity is that all do not even realize they are lost until God begins a divine work in them, showing how far short they fall from God’s grand purpose for them (see Romans 3:23).
Then God reveals the reason why He is seeking us, the lost. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,” (Titus 3:4–5)! Jesus has come to bring me back to God, the sheep that had gone astray (Isaiah 53:6) “so there will be one flock, one Shepherd” (John 10:16).
There is much more to explore in God’s Word about this ‘seeking and finding’. Let this simple truth reignite your passion for the lost in your heart, because this is God’s heart.